RISE is a short documentary film that dives deep into the motivations, fears and hopes for a passionate group of young climate activists in Wellington, Aotearoa.
Rise premieres at the Doc Edge Festival on June 12th. You can watch it here.
On September 27th, during the largest climate protest in the world, we went behind the scenes with the group who were charged with bringing as many people to the streets of Aotearoa as possible. Following their journey over the day provides the backdrop for coming to know an exceptional and diverse group of young people. Combined with studio interviews we come to understand what it is that has made them take on this mahi as their top priority and how it’s affecting them, their whānau and their sense of the future.
These rangatahi are reflections of a global movement and they are working like never before to make change. As time runs out, this is a quest of epic proportions, taken on by young people with heart, emotional strength and commitment to the cause.
Rise has been supported by Doc Edge and the Rei Foundation Rangatahi Fund.
With – Elliot Blyth, Molly Doyle, Maha Fier, Eulie Naton, Chris Naton, Lillian Pak, Isla Day, Taualofa Totua
Director – Jess Feast
Producer – Ruth Korver
Production Coordinator – Matilda Boese-Wong
DOP – Jess Charlton
Sound Recordist – Jessy Macnamara
Camera Operators – Toby Donald, Paul Neason, Matty Warmington, Brad Francis, Tim Hamilton, Ed Davis, Robert Appierdo
Camera Assistants – Celeste Fontein, Kelly Deng, Gilbert Patten-Elliott, Nav Nair, Vanessa Patea, Delphine Dromart
Photographer – Vanessa Patea
Editor – Tim Hamilton
Titles design – Robert Appierdo
Colour grade – Ruth Korver
Sound Design and Mix – Phil Burton
Music – Artlist.io
Archive – RNZ
Thanks to Mary Gafaomalietoa Sapati Moeono-Kolio, John Lewis, Portsmouth, Sophie Handford, Julian Arahanga, Mike Potton, Letisha Tate-Dunning, Shizuka Arao, Simon Holden, Dylan Herkes.
Executive Producer – Storybox – Robert Appierdo
Executive Producer – Rei Foundation – Reiko Fukutake
Executive Producers – Doc Edge – Alex Lee and Dan Shanan
Produced with kind support from the Doc Edge Rei Foundation Film Fund